DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
We’ll meet at an often used lot, but end up with exploring a relatively new addition to our most popular park, White Clay Creek State Park. Prior to this autumn, this hike was only led 3 times (in January of 2021), under the name of “Pleasant Hill Trails Loop”. Expect one or two small water crossings and some tall grass. You may find it very interesting to read the detailed White Clay Creek State Park Master Plan from 2021. This area is most noted on page 29. Long pants, water, and snack are recommended. If you like to use poles, bring them.
WHERE: White Clay Creek State Park – Possum Hill
NEAREST ADDRESS: 449 Smiths Mill Rd Newark, DE
White Clay Creek State Park – Possum Hill 449 Smiths Mill Rd Newark, DE
From the intersection of DE-2 (Kirkwood Highway) & DE-7 (Limestone Rd), head northwest on DE-7 N/Limestone Rd for 3.2 mi. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto DE-72 S/Paper Mill Rd for 2.3 mi. Turn right onto Smiths Mill Rd (Fairhill School Dr). The parking lot is on the left.
There is no assigned street address for this location, so use the GPS coordinates if possible! Access to this lot is on the west side of DE-72, exactly 1 mile south of the CVS, which is at the corner of DE-72 and Polly Drummond Hill Rd/Corner Ketch Rd. There is a street sign for Smith Mill Rd on the other side of DE-72. The Whitley Farms trailhead is here. This area also includes the “remote control air-flying field”.